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When songwriter Liss Victory was 17 years old, she became poor. Not just the kind of poor that can’t buy the newest iPhone, even on a payment plan, but the kind of bloody, abusive poor of hunger, fear, and prioritizing scraping up rent over personal worth and safety. The kind of poor that sticks with […]

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One Ringy Dingy…

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When comedic legend Lily Tomlin comes to Cincinnati this week, it will be for a good cause. Tomlin, currently starring in the Netflix smash Grace and Frankie, will bring a night of classic stand-up to the Taft Theatre. The show will help raise money for Cincinnati-based Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Institute. Parkinson’s disease is a nervous […]

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Perfectly Responsible

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Kevin Hart brings “Irresponsible” tour to Nutter Center Kevin Hart is serious… seriously funny. By Sarah Conard Kevin Hart has always been the funny guy. Starting out in film in the early 2000s and having his first big tour in 2009 with “I’m a Grown Little Man,” Hart has been getting laughs from the beginning. […]

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Belly laugh ab workout

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Greg Morton’s Standup, songs, and impersonations at Funny Bone Photo: Greg Morton performs at the Dayton Funny Bone the first weekend in December By Gary Spencer For a lot of professional comedians, most of them knew at a young age that doing standup was their calling in life. But that isn’t the case for Canadian-born […]

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No-shave November comedy

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Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” to Taft Theatre Photo: Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” tour to Taft Theatre this Saturday By Tim Walker Nick Offerman—successful actor, author, comic, producer, and enthusiastic woodworker—is speaking to the Dayton City Paper from his home in Los Angeles, and bemoaning how sound bites, screen culture, and technology have […]

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Enter the queen of clean

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Chonda Pierce’s polite humor with a bite Photo: Chonda Pierce continues her new tour, Getting Back to Funny, in Kettering on Saturday By Dana Walczak Comedian  Chondra Pierce has been known on the circuit as the “Queen of Clean” or as Billboard magazine once referred to her, the “Queen of Country,” for over two decades. […]

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The talking dead

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Mediums Lisa Williams and Cindy Kaza bring supernatural powers to Funny Bone Photo: Lisa Williams is a psychic medium, as was her grandmother By Paula Johnson Lisa Williams is the perfect ambassador for the dead. She’s effusive, warm, vivacious, and filled with mirth, humor, and compassion. In short, the opposite of death. She saw her […]

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Tammy Pescatelli finds the funny back home in Ohio at Funnybone Cleveland native, Tammy Pescatelli, is coming back to Dayton; photo: Natalie Brasingotn By Gary Spencer (Interview performed by Dana Armington) A lot of comedians seem to come from somewhat unusual backgrounds, and that seems to be the case for Tammy Pescatelli. Pescatelli comes from […]

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Comedy is life

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Leonard Ouzts returns to the Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Headliner Leonard Ouzts By Gary Spencer Some comedians like to go for cheap gags and one-liners, while others weave elaborate tales full of lengthy, intricate stories that lead up to a punch line. Then, there’s comedians like Leonard Ouzts, a rising young star in the world […]

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Started as a journalist, now he’s here

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Noah Gardenswartz brings the lakhns to Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Noah Gardenswartz, on Comedy Central (above), started stand-up where most great stand-up careers start, in the upstairs of a taco restaurant  By Gary Spencer Dating back to the vaudeville antics of George Burns and Henny Youngman all the way to modern masters such as Andy […]

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Comedy plus time is self-help

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Joel McHale thanks you for your money at Dayton Funny Bone photo: Joel McHale, holding a bear on The Great Indoors, warns his stand-up audience of intense laughs By Amanda Dee Joel McHale is one of those first-name, last-name people, the ones whose first and last names seem to be permanently conjoined. Perhaps that effect […]

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‘Sexual master class’

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Luenell delivers rated-R show at Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Luenell goes for ‘big, big laughs’ at the Dayton Funny Bone May 25-27; photo: Steven Littles By Gary Spencer “A lot of people recognize my face but don’t remember my name,” says comedian and actress Luenell. “I’m not quite a household name.” Chances are most people […]

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An open diary

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Zainab Johnson promises ‘a good ass time’ at Dayton Funny Bone By Gary Spencer Photo: Zainab Johnson performs May 11-14 at the Dayton Funny Bone For most comedians, the lives they lead form the backbone of what they do. It’s “write what you know” applied to comedy. The adage applies particularly well to young New […]

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Skeeeewwwing left

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The Liberal Redneck tears into politics at the Dayton Funny Bone By Paula Johnson Photo: wellRED Comedy Tour’s (l-r) Drew Morgan, Trae Crowder, and Corey Forrester perform May 3 at the Dayton Funny Bone If Trae Crowder has a catchphrase, or word in this case, it’s “Skeeeewww!” pronounced with two syllables, as in “ski-you.” This […]

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School of self-deprecation

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Andy Kindler of Bob’s Burgers opens up at Wiley’s By Joey Ferber Photo: Andy Kindler performs Saturday, April 8 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint; photo: Susan Maljan Andy Kindler is a pioneer of the alternative comedy scene that emerged after the ’80s comedy boom collapsed, like the 2008 housing bubble. Inflated by homogenized jokes and promoters […]

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A celebrity mocking trial

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Kathy Griffin takes over Cincy’s Taft Theatre By Dana Walczak Photo: Kathy Griffin aims for a walkout or two at the Taft Theatre, March 24; photo: Mike Ruiz What are celebrities really like in person? If you’re wondering, I suggest going to Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. The tour began as […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]